Wales

Couple celebrate 75th anniversary

A couple who were late for their honeymoon in Wales are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary in the country where they have lived for more than 30 years.

Joseph and Irene Morton, 98 and 96, married on 31 Aug 1935 in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

The couple travelled to Gwynedd but did not arrive until 3am after a friend's car broke down.

The ex-managing director, now of Rhos-on-Sea, said he has a "wonderful wife".

The couple had their wedding breakfast at the local Plaza cinema after their wedding at Heaton Mersey and travelled on honeymoon to Borth y Gest, near Porthmadog where Mr Morton went on family holidays as a child.

They paid a friend to drive them there in his car but it broke down en route so they had to have it fixed at a garage in Chester before they could carry on to the guest house they were booked in.

He said: "We managed to get there but it was, unfortunately, about three o'clock in in the morning.

"The landlady was Mrs Jones and she was still up and waiting for us and she gave us something to eat."

Mr Morton rose from an apprentice to be managing director of a printing works in Longsight, Manchester.

Mrs Morton was just 15 when they met and on their first date they saw the musical Desert Song.

Tandem

During World War II Mr Morton worked GCHQ at Cheltenham and then for the War Office.

He said he was looking forward to their second diamond anniversary immensely.

"I'm very pleased about it. I have a wonderful wife.

"We have always agreed. We have done everything together, the two of us.

"We have always been happy. We have always looked after each other, that's the main thing."

The Mortons have been active all their life, playing golf until a few years ago.

He said: "When I was nearly 18 I managed to buy a tandem and we cycled all over the country, as far down as Land's End."

The couple have a daughter, Diane. Their son Michael died in a road accident as a young man.

They also have three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

They bought a holiday home in Rhosneigr and then moved to Wales and a flat overlooking the sea permanently when he retired aged 65.